Governors of four states create gun safety coalition

The governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island announced Thursday that they are forming a coalition to collaborate as a region to prevent gun violence.

Study calls for 'strategic' widening of I-95

Traffic on I-95 northbound begins crawls up the hill toward exit 74 in East Lyme as a bridge construction project at Oil Mill Road in Waterford closes one lane of the highway on Aug. 23, 2016. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Rather than advocating for widening Interstate 95 in both directions from the New York to the Rhode Island border, the state is calling for "strategic" widening in spots to ease traffic congestion.

Ledyard school board adopts budget with 1.7 percent increase, cuts culinary arts teacher

After much lively discussion and a vote on an alternative option, the Board of Education voted to adopt the superintendent's proposed 2018-19 budget as-is at a meeting Thursday night.

Police: No serious injuries after 7-vehicle crash on I-95 in Waterford

A smashed-up car is seen on Interstate 95 south in Waterford after a tractor-trailer crashed into several vehicles there Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.   (Tim Martin/The Day)

Although crews have cleared up a Thursday afternoon crash that involved a tractor-trailer and six other vehicles, residual delays remained on Interstate 95 south.

Scuffle at New London police headquarters injures 1 officer

One officer sustained minor injuries early Thursday morning after a 23-year-old “became aggressive” in the booking area of the New London police headquarters, according to police.

Early Thursday crash in Waterford leaves Uncasville man dead

A fatal, single-car crash forced crews to close Interstate 395 south for almost three hours Thursday morning.

Police: Former Bacon Academy student made threat on Instagram

Police arrested a former Bacon Academy High School student Tuesday after he allegedly made a threat related to his school via the social media platform Instagram.

Boy injured after being struck by car in Stonington borough

Police said it appears the boy was riding his bicycle down Pearl Street and crossing Water Street when he was struck by the car.

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USS Virginia, one of the first fast-attack submarines to be integrated, returns home

Lt. jg. Heather Kerber, left, shares the traditional first kiss with her wife, Cecille, as the U.S. Navy attack submarine USS Virginia (SSN 774) returns home from deployment Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, to the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn. The Virginia, the first vessel in the Virginia class of attack submarines, has a crew of approximately 15 officers and 115 enlisted sailors. The sub made port visits in Faslane, Scotland; Rota, Spain; and Haakonsvern, Norway, during the deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

When the USS Virginia returned to port Thursday, most on board were returning from their first deployment, including several female officers, who are among the first women to serve on submarines.

State officials weigh changes for chronic disease hospital for veterans

A proposal to downgrade the chronic disease hospital at the state Department of Veterans' Affairs Rocky Hill campus to a skilled nursing facility has some worried about the potential impact to patient care and the possible displacement of patients.

A renewed call to provide benefits to vets with bad paper discharges

A new report calls on Connecticut to provide benefits to veterans with other than honorable discharges who also experienced post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury or sexual trauma during their military service.

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Mayor: Driver crashed car into Middlesex Hospital, set himself on fire

The car used to crash into the emergency room entrance at Middlesex Hospital waits to be loaded onto a flatbed trailer on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Middletown, Conn. A man with a history of violent behavior intentionally crashed a car filled with gasoline containers into a Connecticut hospital emergency room on Thursday and then set himself on fire, authorities said. (John Woike/Hartford Courant via AP)

Police: Driver intentionally crashed into a Connecticut hospital emergency room with a car that burst into flames.

Court rejects request to return Kennedy cousin to prison

In this Feb. 24, 2016 file photo, Michael Skakel enters the state Supreme Court for a hearing, in Hartford, Conn. A request by prosecutors to revoke Skakel's bail and send him back to prison while his murder case appeal is pending has been rejected. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled against the state prosecutors’ request late Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018,  but did not elaborate.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Prosecutors' request to revoke Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's bail and send him back to prison while his murder case appeal is pending has been rejected

Lawmaker facing charges he extorted page for sex resigns

Rhode Island Senate Minority Whip Nicholas Kettle, appears in Superior Court in Providence on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  (Steve Szydlowski/Providence Journal via AP)

A Rhode Island state senator facing charges that he extorted a teenage Statehouse page for sex has resigned